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Magic initially considered going with ‘Juice’ as team nickname

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Orlando’s NBA team has been known as the Magic since its inception in 1989. However, there was a time when the team considered a different name: the Orlando Juice.

The name “Juice” may seem strange to some, but consider the fact that Orlando’s surrounding area is one of the largest producers of oranges and other fruits in the world. For whatever reason, though, the team decided to go with a name that reflects their relationship with Disney.

The Magic recently revealed their 2019-20 City Edition uniforms at Disney’s NBA Experience. The primary color is black, but the letters and striping are in an orange hue:

Magic big man Nikola Vucevic was surprised to learn that his team was almost called “the Orlando Juice.” When asked if it would have been a good nickname, he had a direct response:

“No, that would have been very bad, and that definitely would’ve been the laughingstock of the NBA,” Vucevic said, via Josh Robbins of the The Athletic. “So I’m glad that they went with Magic.”

Vucevic led Orlando in Wednesday night’s 112-97 victory over the Sixers, notching 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field (2-of-4 from beyond the arc), 12 rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes of action. Aaron Gordon added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, who are now holding a 4-7 overall record.

The Magic will be back in action on Friday night, when they’ll serve as hosts to the San Antonio Spurs. Tip-off inside the Amway Center is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.